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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J MaasQueen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Bought, Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

I don’t see this review turning out too well considering Queen of Shadows is one of my favourite books of the year (it’s in my top three and that’s all you need to know) and I have discovered that I am entirely unable to be coherent when I talk about this book. Expect fangirling and capslock throughout.

First thing’s first, Aelin’s the realest. AELIN. I loved her in Heir of Fire but if there’s another level of love like the alleged several levels of hell then I have surpassed all levels and reached the pit. I’m talking pure adoration and worship. That is how much I fell for her in Queen of Shadows because she is one of the strongest women I have ever read about and I will never let go. Continue reading

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick NessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Genre: Magical Realism
Release Date: 27th August 2015
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshiped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

I have this problem with Patrick Ness’s novels in that I love them so much it renders me pretty much unable to do anything but cry and harass people to read them. So, um, can you all go out and buy his books and then read them and then get back to me with how he has destroyed your life, thanks. Much appreciated, it’ll be so nice to have company down in the pit. Continue reading

All The Rage by Courtney Summers

All The Rage by Courtney SummersAll The Rage by Courtney Summers
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 14th April 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out,All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

Because teenage girls don’t pray to God, they pray to each other. They clasp their hands over a keyboard and then they let it all out, a (stupid) girl’s heart tucked into another girl’s heart.

I read this book a while ago, was deeply affected by it and have since avoided writing a review for it because I didn’t, and still don’t, have words to put into writing how good All The Rage is. This is a very dark, often upsetting book that honestly puts Courtney Summers onto another level as an author. She is brilliant, unflinching in the subjects she chooses to weave a story around, unafraid of carving out female characters who aren’t always sympathetic or fit the traditional lead girl stereotype, and above all she is completely scathing of the way girls (especially teenage girls) are treated by society.

'It's different for girls,' - queen lyla garrity, speaking the truths that all girls know

‘It’s different for girls,’ – queen lyla garrity, speaking the truths that all girls know

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Release Date: 15th March, 2015
Publisher: Alma Classics
Source: Publisher
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Rating: five-stars

Some of you might know that Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is my favourite book so I was pretty excited to be able to review this cute new edition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s story. This edition includes Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll’s letters to his younger readers and the original draft of Alice’s Adventures Underground with the original illustrations drawn by Lewis Carroll himself. The draft of Alice’s Adventures Underground is all handwritten, which I couldn’t read, but it’s still a nice touch that helps to differentiate this edition from the myriad other editions already in circulation.

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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Stormlight Archive #1
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: December 30, 2010
Publisher: Gollancz
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin commands one of those other armies. Like his brother, the late king, he is fascinated by an ancient text called The Way of Kings. Troubled by over-powering visions of ancient times and the Knights Radiant, he has begun to doubt his own sanity.

Across the ocean, an untried young woman named Shallan seeks to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinar’s niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure. As she plans a daring theft, her research for Jasnah hints at secrets of the Knights Radiant and the true cause of the war.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is but the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making.

Speak again the ancient oaths,

Life before death.
Strength before weakness.
Journey before Destination.

and return to men the Shards they once bore.

The Knights Radiant must stand again.

Whenever I talk about Brandon Sanderson’s books I have to resist the urge to simply keyboard smash until I get my point across. Must. Attempt. Coherency.

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